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IU South Bend

April Lidinsky

Women’s and Gender Studies/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Expert Bio

April Lidinsky earned her Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University in 2000 and is currently a professor of women’s and gender studies and director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at IU South Bend. She is the co-author of “From Inquiry to Academic Writing” (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press), in its fifth edition.

Lidinsky has written and performed over 140 public radio commentaries on WVPE since 2001. These essays take up the interdisciplinary topics of intersectional feminist work, drawing together historical and contemporary issues and theoretical and practical topics. She is involved in social justice and reproductive health advocacy in her community.

Areas of Expertise

Feminist activism and advocacy – past and present, lessons from women’s history, the power of storytelling (#MeToo, before and beyond), the power of personal essays, Reacting to the Past pedagogy as a way to engage students in history, writing as a tool for social change, women and sustainability, “diversity drives innovation” – why we need liberal arts education now more than ever.

Other Information

Stories on WVPE:

Macmillan Community profile:

WACtivism: Teaching Cultural Critique in an Academic Writing Course, presented by April Lidinsky: